Looking for some last minute gift suggestions? Cathy reviews two new books from 2010: Fashioning Fashion and High Style.
Is it Ayrshire, Madeira, Dresden work, Hardanger, Limerick, Carrickmacross lace or Broderie Anglaise? Know your whitework!
When making a costume, an extant garment is the ideal research source. Once you have one, how do you analyze it?
Serena discusses real eighteenth century bodice construction methods, and then builds one step by step using those principles.
Amanda analyses a rare find and compares it to museum examples around the world so that the techniques can be recreated accurately.
This early 1790s bodice has features of earlier dresses, but also hints at later styles, and showcases a variety of different techniques.
Woodruff-Fontaine House has one of the most extensive costume collections in the American South. We take a tour.
The Chicago History Museum's collection contains over fifty gowns from the House of Worth. This one is from 1866-67.
We're not the only ones who curse over our sewing. In the early 1870s, Celestia Freeman made herself a dress - and she struggled too!
I have the honor to own my great-grandmother’s 1875 wedding dress. The more I look closely at this heirloom, the more fascinating it is!
A close look at an authentic Victorian dress, with many photos, construction and sewing details, and fashion plates of the time.
Dating an historic dress is an involved process. Morgan shares her study of an impressive C19th dress owned by Mrs R. Hitchcock.
Good examples of 19th century ladies tailoring aren't always easy to find. Chantal walks us through a study of her new treasure, a Directoire coat from the 1880s.
Discussing authentic Victorian sewing methods, including 50 detail photos inside & outside an antique bodice.
Growth happens outside of your comfort zone. If Worth could do it, so can we, right? Here's how Cynthia went there - and made it work.
The mid-1890s were a dramatic time in fashion history. Astrida explores the history and construction of this eye-catching, high-fashion, late C19th coat.
Kelly takes us deep inside this Belle Epoque jacket - a lucky garage sale find - to explore the complex 'engineering' behind late Victorian tailoring.